The stairlift brings a suitable solution to a home where there is a person who has difficulty with walking but is not wheelchair bound. The person may be a senior citizen with severe arthritis or may have suffered a stroke. The home can be easily adapted to overcome issues of mobility without serious considerations such as moving house etc. The installation is fairly easy with minimal impact on the home and its furnishings.
A stairlift basically has a seat that is fitted on a rail or track running up the side of a staircase. The chair is foldable so that the staircase is fully accessible for normal use. These units can be fitted on any staircase with various gradients, whether curved, straight, spiral or even outdoors. The units are powered through electricity with battery back-ups available, which means that they can be used even during a power outage. It is even possible to match just about any home décor as they come in a range of coloured and textured fabrics.
The stairlift is uncomplicated to operate. Different models and manufacturers have differing set ups but usually the chair has an operating gadget either on one of the arm rests or it is connected by a wire and has storage place. It is also normal to have two more units at the upper and lower landings to summon the stairlift. The chair itself usually comprises of 3 parts: the seat, a foot rest and armrests. All of these easily fold away when not in use.
The chair is always able to swivel through 90 degrees or up to 180 degrees. While in operation the chair faces directly away from the wall. When the user is getting off or on the chair, it swivels 90 degrees and locks, allowing the person to safely mount or dismount facing away from the stairs. A seat belt is also provided and this needs to be fastened before the chair can be operated. The unit also comes with sensors that detect objects in the path of the stairlift. More advanced models also have sensors that limit the speed of the stairlift.
Choosing the correct stairlift is also important. One needs to consider whether there will be children in the household as there are different models that incorporate a child safe design to prevent unauthorized operation or injury and damage through inquisitive exploration. A 24 volts DC unit alleviates any worries about electrocutions. The weight of the users is also taken into consideration. The standard stairlift can carry up to 136 kilograms (300 pounds). The chairs come in different sizes to accommodate a user of any proportion.
The stairlift has been a lifesaver to many people. Without it many would have needed to give up their beloved homes, gardens and communities to move to other more suitable homes. As technology advances more features and functions are being added to various new models entering the market. Soon a stairlift will be part of most staircases because limited mobility is an issue experienced by a large number of individuals in our societies.